Oct 3, 2015

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas By David Almond

The Boy Who Swam with PiranhasThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Stanley Potts’s uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there’s darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie’s obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he’s always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?


Stanley Potts completely captured my heart. This is a wonderful story for a young / middle school child. I read it aloud with my ten year old son and we both enjoyed Stanley's bravery and compassion for others (& animals). Of course the bad guys are somewhere & it is great that they are just plain goofs in this story. The story starts out with some sad events (which is a bit like real life), but the journey is well worth sharing with a child.

Stanley is a good friend, a brave kid, and a loved family member. An awesome feel good story with some fun and unexpected surprises added in. I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. An awesome read with examples of love, family, bravery, friendship, & loyalty.

I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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Sep 5, 2015

Review: Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt 5***** Children's book

Bug in a VacuumBug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bug in a Vacuum is one of the most whimsical and beautifully illustrated children's books I have read in quite a while. I love that the author / illustrator found such a beautyful and exciting adventure to hold interest while also including the stages of grief in the story. The stages are presented in a way that is understandable to a child who may be experiencing loss, but the story is also just a good and fun adventure for anyone.

A wonderful idea expertly executed. I really enjoyed the book and can't complement the illustrations enough. I would recommend this book as a lesson on dealing with or introducing grief if necessary, or if not necessary, just read it because it is a fun adventure.

I was provided this book free of charge before it's release date to provide an honest review.

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Jun 30, 2015

My sissy & my youngest nephew ! LOL.
Am I the only person who reads ebooks SLOWWWWER than print? It's like I can't get my eyes moving across the words fast enough. According to eye exam I have almost blinded myself from so much reading over past 3 years too.

May 20, 2015

The Curse of Anne Boleyn by C.C. Humphreys

The Curse of Anne Boleyn
By C.C. Humphreys
Sourcebooks Landmark
May 5, 2015
ISBN: 9781402282300
$14.99 Trade Paperback

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"If you like Bernard Conwell's Grail Quest series, you'll love The French Executioner and The Curse of Anne Boleyn. To my mind Cornwell is good, but Humphreys is better."—Sally Zigmund, Historical Novels Review (UK)

From the masterful C.C. Humphreys, comes the captivating sequel to The French Executioner.

Nearly twenty years have passed since Anne Boleyn died at the hands of her slayer and savior, Jean Rombaud. All he wants is to forget his sword-wielding days and live happily with his family. Yet her distinctive six-fingered hand, stolen at her death—and all the dark power it represents—still compels evil men to seek it out.

When Jean's son, Gianni, joins the Inquisition in Rome and betrays all his father worked for, Jean discovers that time alone cannot take him—or his son—far from his past. But he never expected his whole family, especially his beloved daughter Anne, to become caught up once more in the tragic queen's terrible legacy.

From the savagery of way in Italy to the streets of London and Paris and the wilds of North America, The Curse of Anne Boleyn sweeps readers into a thrilling story that puts love, loyalty, and family to the ultimate test.

"With The French Executioner, Humphreys established himself as a quality purveyor of historical detail and vigorous action...This unusual story line is dispatched with consummate skill."
—Good Books Guide (UK)

About the Author
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys is an actor, playwright, fight choreographer and novelist.  He has written nine historical fiction novels including The French Executioner, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; Vlad – The Last Confession,  the epic novel of the real Dracula; and A Place Called Armageddon. His latest YA novel is The Hunt of the Unicorn. His work has been translated into thirteen languages.

Twitter: @HumphreysCC https://twitter.com/HumphreysCC

An Excerpt from THE CURSE OF ANNE BOLEYN by C.C. Humphreys

The freezing mist seemed to pool thicker about the chapel doors, yet no one seemed anxious to seek shelter from it. Tucknell fiddled with the keys in his hand, the three laborers leaned on shovels and picks, avoiding each other’s eyes. Even Thomas felt a reluctance to proceed. Outside the iron-studded doors, the frigid air was at least connected to the world of the living, their footprints in the frost a trail back to light and warmth. Ahead, within the darkness, lay a deeper cold – the realm of the dead. And they were there to violate that realm.
After a few moments watching plumes of breath stripe the night, Thomas shifted, made to speak, to command. Before the breath could become a voice in him, the warder pulled him slightly to one side, whispered, “Sir. Let me ask of you once more. Beg of you. Do not do this. It is a sin.”
“I have my orders, Tucknell. And you have yours. You saw the signature on the papers. This command comes from the Queen herself.”
It was not strictly true, but the officer was not to know that. He drew back, seeking Thomas’s eyes.
“I know our gracious sovereign Mary has little reason to love… she who lies here. But to thus despoil her tomb?” His voice softened. “You are an Englishman, sir, and a gentleman I can tell. Let us spare an English lady further humiliation.” Off Thomas’s silent stare he cried, “For Jesu’s sake, man, hasn’t she suffered enough?”
Thomas leaned in, so his voice, softened now, beguiling, would not carry to the waiting, shifting men.
“I do not like this either, man. But we have had reports that this woman may have taken something with her to the grace. Something that may… be of use to Her Majesty.”
Tucknell’s face twisted, as if containing a violent struggle. “She took nothing with her save a prayer book and the clothes she wore. I know, sir, because I was there.” The struggle overpowered him. “I know because I helped to kill her and to bury her afterward. May God have mercy on my soul!”
Thomas watched a tear that had nothing to do with the harsh wind run from this tough soldier’s eye, and wondered at the power this woman, dead nearly twenty years, still had over the living. A power to be turned into a weapon for the Catholic cause, so his superiors in the Society of Jesus believed. But only if he, Thomas Lawley, did his duty now.
“Come, Master Tucknell. You have merely to show me the way. If there is sin after that, it is I, and I alone, that will commit it.” The soldier before him hardened, the tears withdrawn. Without another word he turned to the door and fitted into its lock the largest of the keys he carried. It grated there, with a cry like that of the raven defending its cache of food. The doors, in contrast, swung open, as silent as on any tomb.

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Apr 29, 2015

Review: The Girl from the Well

The Girl from the Well
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Rin Chupeco has presented a horror story that has several stories within a story that completely creeped me out. The avenging ghost actually grew into a character I liked as the story progressed even with the odd descriptions of her and her horrific behavior at times. The characters are well developed and pull you into their struggle for help and information.

A guardian angel ~ murdering monster ... Justice served to the evil and deserving while also providing some material for your own nightmares. Liked the writing style, and came to appreciate the different stories that were occurring simotaniously.

Book description:

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

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Apr 24, 2015

Review: Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire
Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I was provided Kidnap, Part 1 to give an honest review of afterward. I found the action Joey me interested. I was a. It confused with who was who at the beginning. I did not care for the illustrations which may behave just been rough drafts.

I was beginning to get into the plot and figured out who was who and which planet they were from when the book ended. I was disappointed at such an abrupt end with the rest of the story to come later. I felt like it wasn't enough to be a stand alone book.

I enjoyed the alternating points of view that helped to give an better idea of how the various planets operated and also painted a clear picture of the corruption & plans of the governments. It was a good read, but dropped off Ay before it should have ... Not giving enough of the story.

Book description:

Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a new three-part action adventure, set a long time ago on a planet far far away.
I don't want to go! Do I have to go?
13-year-old Teodor knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom, he must help those less fortunate than himself. He must also impress his uncle the Emperor if he is ever to become the Son of Empire. A frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must go - into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living soon. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to be accepted in the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?
The Empire of Freyne is a newcomer to the United Races. As a developing race, the thirteen-planet empire is of interest to other galactic races, not all of this interest is friendly. The Dome Elite is a force of space marines whose defensive actions and adventures defend Freyne and its neighbours from hostile alien pirates and acquisitive space brigands, so allowing the inhabitants to sleep soundly at night.

For the young men and women of Domeside, to be a part of the Dome Elite, you need to master the maths and technology associated with space warfare and also to be fierce fighter who can fight in confined spaces with short sharp blades. When you are in Dome Elite, you are the best!

Meanwhile politicians and imperial rulers know that whosoever controls the Dome Elite, who decides their mandate and mission also controls the empire. You have to inspire and lead the men, to have and hold the right alien alliances and legal treaties. When you own the Dome Elite. you are in power!

"One of the most powerhouse imaginations I've encountered in sci-fi..." Dean C. Moore, The Warlock's Friend

"Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia is a fast-paced and exciting YA military sci-fi read. Don't miss this one!" Brent LeVasseur, author and illustrator of the Aoleon The Martian Girl series.

A good old-fashioned space opera and political thriller - if you loved both Frank Herbert's Dune and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games - you will adore Guy Erma.

This book includes 4 full colours illustrations when read on a colour kindle or eBook reader. These images are displayed in black and white in the paperback and some older kindle viewers.

Images can also be view on the author website sallyannmelia.com/kidnap

Important: Series information
This book is the first part of the Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, it has 200 pages.

The second book is Hunter with 162 pages and the third book is Exile with 150 pages.

Please note this book was previously published in one volume of 440 pages: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire - also available on Amazon.

Lose yourself in this fantastic new adventure - Scroll up and grab a copy today.

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Apr 23, 2015

Review: Jack at the Helm

Jack at the Helm
Jack at the Helm by Lisa Doan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Jack at the Helm is the third book ithat I have read in Lisa Doan's Berenson Schemes series. I have absolutely loved all 3 books. The illustrations are funny and quirky and so are Jack's nutty parents who are not exactly parent material, but are trying. As always, Jack's parents have dived into a new and outrageous career and brought sensible Jack along on their very less than sensible escapade. As always Jack is the voice of reason when his parent's nutty nature gets them in over their heads. Very funny & entertaining. His parents are so clueless, but energetic that it can't help but be funny.

I was given this book for review purposes, and have provided my hinest opinion of this wonderful children's book.

Book description:

Jack's parents have bought a farmhouse in Nepal. It'll be the site of a new religion--their latest get-rich-quick scheme. Sure, the Berensons don't know quite how to get to the place. But once they arrive, their plan is sure to work.

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